November 23, 2004
In two days I'll join millions of my fellow Americans in eating turkey and watching football on Thanksgiving day. This was not always the case, though, as in the 90s I did something very different:
- Turn down offers from friends to celebrate the holiday with them.
- Spend the day alone, reflecting on stuff.
- For dinner have a pot of spaghetti, sauce (always Prego), ground beef, and beef sausage.
- Watch 3 movies, one of which was always When Harry Met Sally....
I did these things in each year from 1990-1999. In 2000 I started going to South Carolina to spend the holiday with my maternal relatives. Although I enjoy each Thanksgiving in Liberty, I miss my old ritual....
Posted by wrjacobs at November 23, 2004 10:46 AM
Very interesting ritual... in the past eight or nine years or so, I've been big into what I call "Stray Cat Thanksgivings" whereupon a bunch of people with little to no blood family nearby get together so they're not alone on the holiday, because frankly, I like to be around at least a few people on Thanksgiving. I do enough personal meditating the rest of the year. :)
I got the whole notion of Stray Cat Thanksgivings from my aunt, who always invites a ragtag motley crew of people and it's always an interesting time. I invited anybody in the CRJ doctoral student body who wanted a place to go, but nobody took me up on it... which worked out really well, actually. My roommates and I played games, listened to music, ate food, and watched Rushmore.
Another good staple of that particular holiday season is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...
I envision the evolution of your Thanksgiving Day celebration to include spaghetti AND turkey with fixin's. And how 'bout a movie marathon running in conjunction with T Day football games? That's what having a big house, couple of big TVs, & lots a family/friends can allow. Coolio?
Well that's a very interesting ritual but what was your reasoning behind this ritual? Were you having trouble with your family or did you just feel like doing something out of the ordinary?
I know what you mean about finding certain Thanksgiving rituals hard to give up. Yesterday, for example, even though I'd been adhering to an extremely healthy vegan diet all year long, I scarfed down about 3 lbs of turkey and dressing with gravy on top. And I ain't talkin' tofurkey and rice milk gravy!! Then, last night, after not consuming refined sugar for the past several months, I broke into my 9 year old's Halloween candy stash and had a nocturnal sugar party for one. This morning I felt, well, dirty. I wish I woulda just watched When Harry Met Sally...